Amritsar: A 22-year-old girl and her father were allegedly thrashed by policemen when they sought action against some persons who teased the girl and passed vulgar comments in full public view in Tarn Taran district.
"It is unfortunate on the part of the police to hit a girl," said SSP Kanwaljit Singh Dhillon, adding that he had placed both Davinder Singh and Saraj Singh under suspension and marked a departmental inquiry against the duo.
However, the officer said that father of the girl, Kashmir Singh was drunk and creating "nuisance" at a marriage function at Gobindwal road last night. When police personnel reached the spot and caught hold of Kashmir, his daughter resisted, the SSP said.
Kashmir's daughter intervened and resisted while her father was being taken away to police station, the SSP said. In the melee, the turbans (head gears) of two head constables were tossed up following which they beat the girl.
However, the girl in her complaint alleged that last night, while she along with her father was coming home after attending a marriage function a truck driver and his accomplices started to tease her besides passing vulgar
When she and her father approached the nearby police picket, both were beaten up by the policemen on duty, who
allegedly let off the accused after accepting bribe, the girl alleged in her complaint.
However, the SSP said that father of the girl was badly drunken and manhandled the policemen who later cane charged
him. Irked by the police action, the girl (complainant) removed the turban of the two policemen, who in retaliation
beat up the girl with wooden sticks, the officer said.
He said that both the constables have been suspended. SSP said that, at the same time, fault of Kashmir Singh, father of the girl, could not be ignored as he was drunk and was the "bone of contention for creating trouble with the truck driver". Girl was also at fault who later jumped into the dispute and removed the turban of the policemen on duty, he said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asked DGP Sumedh Singh to take strict action against the police personnel. He said that it was imperative for every member of Punjab Police force to act in a most disciplined and professional manner and reiterated zero tolerance towards any misconduct especially towards women.
Badal said that since last four years he was making efforts for gender sensitisation among police personnel besides increasing the strength of women in the police force.
He said that instructions were already in place for using women police force while dealing with women and he would not
tolerate any indiscipline in the force.
The Deputy CM said that strict action would be taken against those found guilty and said that nobody was above law.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sunil Kumar Jakhar condemned the incident and attacked the Parkash Singh Badal government for its alleged failure on law and order front.
"A goonda raj is prevailing in Punjab," he alleged.